Asa Breed - Matthew Dear
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  • Summary: This third album is the most song-based effort yet for the Michigan electronic music producer, who also records under the name Audion.
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  1. Dear’s third album proves a wealth of open-window micro pop fit for summer gusts and unexpected flints of lightning.
  2. Throughout much of Asa Breed, Dear achieves a serendipitous balance between the uplifting and the eerie, the hummable and the hypnotic, the tuneful and the texturally adventurous.
  3. Dear puts his imprint on a variety of styles: a clip-clopping Spaghetti Western feel on 'Fleece on Brain,' poppy minimalist techno on 'Neighborhoods,' robo-funk on 'Shy,' gleaming New Wave on 'Pom Pom'--all rendered cohesive by elegant, immersive production.
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    Dear infuses the snapping, beeping compositions of his second album with a sincere yearn, broadening the genre in the process. [Jul 2007, p.96]
  5. A pop album that comes giddy with detailed digital patterns,
  6. Much of Asa Breed sounds like TV On The Radio with more exacting production and a more pensive disposition.
  7. Dear's prostrate baritone works well when combined with his spare synthetic production.

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  1. [Anonymous]
    Jul 12, 2007
    9
    "Deserter" is the best song of 2007. And the rest of the album's good too.